acorn woodpecker


: a woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) found from the U.S. Pacific coast south to Colombia that stores acorns in small holes which it digs especially in the bark of trees

Examples of acorn woodpecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why are acorn woodpeckers the hippies of the bird world? Kelcie Pegher, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 On an average morning, Susan Glass can sit on the patio at her condominium complex in Saratoga, Calif., and identify as many as 15 different bird species by ear: a steller’s jay, an acorn woodpecker, an oak titmouse. Alexandra Marvar, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2023 Paul Bannick, who has written two books about woodpeckers, said the acorn woodpecker, a species common on the West Coast, often amasses thousands of the nuts for winter. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2023 On one April day, a female acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes fomicivorus) was observed drilling an astounding 286 holes into the trunk of a pine tree over the course of nine hours and 27 minutes. Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2011 About the only bird with red around here is the acorn woodpecker, but that’s just a small cap on top of their heads. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 But one tenacious and outspoken bird — the acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) — presents a unique problem. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, 17 July 2019 They are known as granary trees and represent a unique characteristic of acorn woodpeckers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2019 Woodpeckers, especially acorn woodpeckers, are highly social birds that often work together for a common good. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, 7 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acorn woodpecker was in 1903

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